By Jose Lopez, Garry Potter
What comes after 'postmodernism'? A buzzword which all started as an energising, radical critique turned, by means of the 20 th Century's finish, a byword for fracture, eclecticism, political apathy and highbrow exhaustion. the previous few years have noticeable a turning out to be curiosity in serious realism as a potential, replacement manner of relocating ahead. The virtues of severe realism lie in its winning provision of a philosophical grounding for the social sciences and arts and of a technique appropriate to many various fields of study. After Postmodernism brings jointly many of the best-known names within the box to provide the 1st really interdisciplinary creation to serious realism. The ebook offers the reader with a compendium of available essays illustrating the relationship among meta-theory, idea and considerable study throughout Sociology, Philosophy, Literary experiences, Politics, Media experiences, Psychology and technology experiences. the flexibleness of severe realism is illustrated within the variety of issues mentioned - starting from quantum mechanics to our on-line world, to literary idea, nature, smoking, the way forward for Marx, the subconscious and, after all, postmodernism and the way forward for thought itself.
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Extra resources for After Postmodernism: An Introduction to Critical Realism (Continuum Collection)
The production of knowledge is itself a social process and one in which language is deeply embedded. However, knowledge cannot be reduced to its sociological determinants of production. ). Knowledge is culturally and historically situated. Progress in terms of accumulation of knowledge is not a historically linear phenomenon. Regression in either philosophy or science is always possible and indeed sometimes is in fact what actually occurs. But so too is progress, and human knowledge has indeed been expanded.
Critical realism is also a 'broad church'. There are serious intellectual differences among the thinkers who might be so labelled (certainly there are such differences between many of the contributors to this book). However, it is in no way the 'intellectual catch all' that postmodernism came to be. It possesses some core propositions. These one may agree or disagree with, but they define critical realism as a philosophy. One can thus define one's own relationship to it relatively clearly in terms of acceptance or rejection of these basic propositions.
The second point of disagreement is, if possible, even more significant. Critical realism accepts most (if not all) of the significant differences between the respective subject matters of social and natural science. It understands as essentially correct all the peculiarly human features of the objects of social scientific knowledge which, according to the hermeneutic tradition, renders it not susceptible to scientific explanation. It accepts that human society is much more like a language than a mechanical machine.
After Postmodernism: An Introduction to Critical Realism (Continuum Collection) by Jose Lopez, Garry Potter